Frederick Lyon

Frederick Lyon

  • Called in 2012

Frederick Lyon’s practice spans all areas of Chambers’ expertise with a particular emphasis on; personal injury/clinical negligence, inquests, insurance, and health & safety work.

Frederick appears in court on a daily basis representing clients in trials, applications and interim hearings. He is predominantly instructed on the fast and multi-tracks. Due to his experience in criminal health and safety matters and inquests Frederick is often able to represent parties at every stage of serious personal injury cases.

Frederick has a busy paperwork practice and is instructed to provide advice on liability, tactics, evidence and quantum. He also regularly drafts statements of case, including schedules and counter-schedules. He is able to turn around documents quickly when required.

Clinical Negligence

Frederick maintains an interest in cases arising out of clinical negligence. During pupillage he gained experience advising on the quantum of damage arising out of the negligence of an optometrist.

It is an area of practice that he is interested in developing.


Frederick is regularly instructed to deal with commercial contractual disputes between companies and matters relating to the sale of goods to consumers.

In addition Frederick has worked on a number of large scale disclosure exercises, both in his previous employment as a paralegal, and since coming to the Bar. He has a thorough understanding of issues surrounding privilege and is familiar with all major disclosure software.

Credit Hire

Frederick is regularly instructed both for Claimant’s and Defendant’s to deal with road traffic accidents with elements of credit hire. He is often instructed to advise on evidence and tactics or conduct trials in such cases. He is familiar with all arguments commonly raised in credit hire cases including enforceability, need, period and rates. He has been instructed to draft training manuals for solicitors and other advocates in respect of these issues.

Although Frederick’s work is divided approximately evenly between Claimant and Defendant work, he has recently been instructed by a credit hire company to draft generic documents and provide advice on tactics in cases worth a combined total in excess of £4 million. Frederick’s work resulted in bulk settlements being achieved in respect of the vast majority of the cases. He is particularly sought after where the enforceability of credit hire contracts is in issue.


Frederick is often instructed to represent defendants in road traffic offences. He has acted in a full range of hearings from first appearances and mentions through to trials.

Frederick has particular experience advising and acting in respect of criminal health and safety matters.

General Common Law

Frederick is instructed across the field of general common law. He has recently been instructed on a number of multi-track cases dealing with various aspects of property law including dilapidations claims, nuisance and landlord & tenant issues.

Health & Safety

Frederick has gained considerable experience of Health & Safety matters. He has previously been instructed to advise businesses and individual directors both on liability and as to the likely extent of any sentence that they face. Frederick has experience acting in trials concerning the application and interpretation of the most recent sentencing guidelines.

He has recently appeared in the Crown Court on behalf of a company following an accident at work which led to the paralysis of an employee.


Frederick is regularly instructed to appear on behalf of families and other interested parties at coroner’s inquests. He has developed a familiarity with the rules and procedure of coroner’s courts.

Frederick recently appeared on behalf of the family at a multi-day inquest in front of a jury. Written submissions were made to the coroner on the subject of recommendations which caused other interested parties to disclose the fact that risk assessments and procedures had been changed following the death. The subsequent civil case settled favourably.


Frederick regularly acts for individuals and insurers in cases involving contracts of insurance and credit hire.

He has gained particular experience dealing with road traffic accidents where one or more of the parties was uninsured at the time of the collision. As such he has developed a familiarity with cases involving the MIB and the uninsured and untraced drivers’ agreements.

Frederick has experience dealing with various types of insurance contracts including life, property and credit. He has recently been instructed by a company seeking payment out on a costs protection policy resulting in a favourable settlement of £450,000 being paid by the insurers.

Personal Injury

Personal injury forms the majority of Frederick’s practice. His work is approximately divided equally between Claimants and Defendants. He is instructed on cases proceeding on the fast and multi-tracks. Frederick is instructed at all stages of proceedings, from interim applications and CMC’s through to trials. He appears in court on a near daily basis.

Frederick provides advice on quantum, liability and tactics either following pre-trial conferences or on the papers. He has recently been instructed to provide advice and draft pleadings on a number of matters exceeding a six figure value. He is particularly sought after in cases where fraud or fundamental dishonesty is alleged.

As a result of his previous career as an outdoor instructor Frederick maintains a particular interest in accidents arising out of participation in supervised high risk or ‘extreme’ sports. He has recently advised on cases involving scuba diving, skiing and horse riding. He is often instructed to advise on jurisdictional issues where accidents have occurred abroad.

Frederick is happy to consider conducting appropriate cases on a CFA basis.

Sports Law

Frederick has an interest in accidents occurring in the course of both competitive and non-competitive sports. Following his previous work as an outdoor instructor and expedition leader he has a particular focus on injuries sustained in high risk or ‘extreme’ sports, both at home and abroad. Frederick has recently been instructed to advise on accidents occurring in the course of skiing, scuba diving and horse riding.

Frederick maintains an interest in disciplinary tribunals arising out of competitive sports and is keen to further develop this area of his practice.

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Appointments & Memberships

  • British Association for Sport and the Law
  • Education Law Association
  • Personal Injuries Bar Association
  • London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association

Education & Qualifications


  • BPTC, City University, London
  • GDL, City University, London
  • BA (Hons.), Social and Political Sciences (SPS), Pembroke College, Cambridge


  • Prince of Wales Scholar, Gray’s Inn
  • City University Essay Prize in Tort


Risky Business: Challenges and Changes in the Assessment of the Standard of Care Owed to Participants in Supervised ‘Extreme’ Sports, Gray’s Inn Student Law Journal, 2012.

Farrar’s Building case law updates in personal injury, insurance and employment law.

Personal Interests

Frederick enjoys outdoor sports, particularly skiing, rock climbing and mountaineering when time allows.